CROCHET CLASS: Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am beginning March 1. This is a five-week class that is geared to what you want to learn, whether you are a beginner or a beginner plus. Bring your hooks, yarn and pattern(s) you want to work on and Cindy Nimmer will assist you with what you want to learn. Examples are how to start crocheting, read a pattern, crochet a certain stitch or pattern, change yarns, tie off, decrease, increase, change sizes, etc. Come to one or all sessions. Fee is $10.00 per session.


BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, March 1 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.


AARP MEETING: Thursday, March 2 at 12:30pm.Members will be bringing various crock-pot dishes and desserts to share. As usual, we ask those attending to bring non-perishables for Rowan Helping Ministries. A fun and fascinating program will be given by Joyce Ingram, "The Apron Lady." There will be a short business meeting. All seniors 50+ welcome. Free. Reservations are not required.For more information call 704-216-7714.


GUITAR LESSONS: Three new classes begin Monday, March 6. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight- week course is $40 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $10 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.   


MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS:   An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.


AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM: Each Tuesday in March & early April, at the Senior Center with a previous appointment. Free one-to-one assistance for moderate or low income persons in completing simple federal and state income tax returns. Sponsored by AARP with trained volunteers. Morning and afternoon appointments available. Call 704-216-7714 to schedule an appointment. At the time of appointment, persons should bring with them a copy of their 2015 completed returns, any statements of earnings or income received for 2016, their Social Security card, and a photo identification. Call for more information.


HANDMADE CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, March 7 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


JAM SESSIONS: Tuesdays, March 7 & 21 at 6:30 pm.Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is hosting bi-monthly Jam Sessions for individuals to play & sing Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, or any other songs the group can play together. Anyone interested in participating should bring their instruments (such as guitars, banjos, fiddles bases, dobros or bodhra'n ) and singing voices, and join for a casual get together. Any and all levels welcome. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 6:30pm.Free and open to any interested adult. For more information call the Front Desk as 704-216-7714.


CITIZENS CPR CLASS: Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00pm. Do you play golf with friends? Do you hike with your family? Do you watch your grandchildren? Would you know what to do if you found yourself in a situation with someone who needed CPR, or was choking? Come and learn to save a life with this one-hour session. This is not a certification class, and there is no test. The instructor is CPR certified and a Red Cross volunteer. Free for those who register. To register, call 704-216-7714.   


HEALTH & FITNESS AND BRAIN FITNESS: Wednesday, March 8 at 2:00pm. Emily Curlin, Dietician Intern with Novant Health will talk about "Nutrition for Brain Health". Door Prizes will be awarded. Please call the Front Desk with any questions at 704-216-7714.


WALK-ABOUTS OUTING: Thursday, March 9 at 9:00am. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center for a round-trip walk to Bojangles for breakfast. There is no need to register for this event.  All current and prospective members are welcome. For more information call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.


LIVING HEALTHY WITH DIABETES: Starting Monday, March 13 from 4:30-7:00 pm. Class meets every Monday for six weeks. Facing the challenge of diabetes? Living Healthy with Diabetes can help. This class is aimed at adults diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, or caregivers of people who have the diagnosis. Participants will gain practical ways to help manage diabetes through healthy diet and nutrition, and exercise. Sessions also cover medications and other treatment choices, how to reduce stress, and better ways to talk with doctors and family members about the condition. Learn from trained leaders. Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health and your life. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 704-216-7714.


SAVVY SAVING SENIORS WORKSHOP: Wednesday, March 15 at 2:00pm. Join us for a class on money management tips and tricks, and learn how to become a Savvy Saving Senior. This class is taught by Sandy Holden, a Center volunteer who has thirty-nine years of experience in the financial world. There is no charge for the seminar, and participants who register in advance receive a free workbook.   To register call 704-216-7714.


MEET YOUR LOCAL SENIOR TAR HEEL LEGISLATOR: Thursday, March 16 at 2:00pm. The North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature was created to provide information to seniors on the legislative process and matters being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly. Each of the 100 North Carolina counties is entitled to one delegate to the Senior Tar Heel Legislature. Jerry Shelby is the Rowan County Delegate. Interested individuals are invited to come and meet Jerry and learn about the 2017 legislative priorities that were presented to the to the NC General Assembly for consideration, as well as better understand how to be an advocate for senior issues with our elected officials.


ANNUAL DOGWOOD SECTIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT: March 17-19. Local players will host this annual regional event at Rufty-Holmes beginning Friday, March 17 at 1:00pm. For more information, contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.


SPRING STAINED GLASS CLASSES: Begin Monday, March 20. Class meets each week thru May 8. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45pm - 8:45pm) to choose from. Instructor is Mike Zeigler. $55.00 class fee payable to instructor plus materials. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.


BUS TRIP TO GREENSBORO: Tuesday March 21. The motor coach bus will leave the Center at 9:00am enroute to the Greensboro Historical Museum which shares local culture and the city's significant role in American history. After the museum tour, we'll visit the Friendly Shopping Center where you will have 16 restaurants to choose from for a Dutch-Treat lunch; and over 91 stores to shop the afternoon away. The cost is $25 per person, which includes transportation and the museum tour.


Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be enrolled with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card as well as with cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, March 1 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:30pm for those who arrive early.


MEN'S YOUNG AT HEART GROUP: Wednesday, March 22 at 11:30am. All men are invited to attend this kickoff event for a new Men's Club. Kevin Studebaker with Trail Life USA will be the program speaker. Bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, and to register your attendance, call 704-216-7714.


WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, March 22 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.


MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00pm. "Sully." The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River after both engines were disabled. This fact based drama illuminates Sullenberger's life and heroic achievement. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. Rated PG-13. Free and shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks (Motion picture license # 12137390).


MAMMOGRAM SCREENING: Thursday, March 23. TheNovant Health Breast Center mobile unit will be on-site in the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center parking lot to provide mammogram screenings by appointment from 9:00am to 3:45pm. To make an appointment call 704-210-6934 by Wednesday, March 15. Is it time for your annual mammogram? Mammograms are covered as a preventive screening under most insurance plans. For your convenience, insurance will be filed. For more information, visit www.NovantHealth.org/pink


ELDER ABUSE PRESENTATION: Thursday, March 23 at 2:00pm. Jenny Maresca, a lawyer with Legal Aid of North Carolina will provide information on elder abuse, legal assistance, and current scams. She will talk about the warning signs of elder abuse, provide tools for handling and preventing elder abuse, and outline ways in which Legal Aid can assist in these situations. She will also offer a comprehensive summary of popular scams that are currently going on in North Carolina and how to avoid them. Free. To register call 704-216-7714.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB: Friday, March 24 at 9:00am. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center to car pool to Haw River State Park. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed or canceled. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.  


CULTURAL CROSSROADS PROGRAM- BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Thursday, March 30 at 1:00pm. Come listen to Brienne Leach, a local high school student, talk about her semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary. Free with refreshments. Sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living. For more information or to register, call 704-216-7714.


TECHNOLOGY SEMINARS: During March the Center will offer four mini-technology seminars on different topics. The seminars will be held on Fridays at 11:00am on March 3, 10, 24 and 31. The programs are free and pre-registration is not required. The seminars will be taught by our Catawba College student intern, Jimmy Vang.


Top Apps for Seniors: March 3

So many "apps" out there from which to choose. How do you know what to pick? We will look at the most popular apps for your phone or tablet and make sure you know how to get these downloaded.


Best Games for Your Brain: March 10

Games are loads of fun and come in all types...cards, arcade, word.....but what ones do you want or need? They can help you fill your spare time...they can help your brain. Find out the top games and sites from which to get these games....maybe play a few.


What do I do with my Pictures? March 24

You take pictures of everything you do and everywhere you go but what are you supposed to do with them? Can you get them printed? Where do you store them? What happens when your phone says there is no more room? Let's explore the options.


Dating in 2017:March 31

Yes, even dating has gone "high-tech" these days. We will go over some of the top dating sites for seniors, how each site works and learn how to create a profile. Curious? Come check it out.


FITNESS PROGRAMS: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit.  


CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Mondays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.


Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.


Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.


Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, March 3 from 8:30am - 11:30am.


Chair Volleyball is held in the Fitness Annex every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm.



TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except March 17

Busy Bees Craft Club - Thursday, March 2 at 9:30am

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, March 2 at 10:00am

AARP Chapter - Thursday, March 2 at 12:30pm

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, March 6 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, March 6 at noon

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, March 9 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm

Military Officers Association - Monday, March 13 at noon

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, March 13 at 2:00pm

Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel - Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30am

Sunny Days Quilters- Thursday, March 16 at 1:00pm

Men's Young at Heart Group - Wednesday, March 22 at 11:30am

Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, March 23 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm


LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.


BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.




NOMINATIONS FOR "SERVICE TO SENIORS" AWARDS: The Rowan County Council on Aging is seeking nominations for individual volunteers of all ages, and community organizations, that have shown "exemplary service" to older adults in our community. Winners selected by the Council will be honored at a special banquet to be held in May. Nomination forms can be obtained at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, or on the Center's website at www.ruftyholmes.org   The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 7.


APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.


APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.


ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.


"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.


INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.


GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.


GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.








INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: In times of inclement weather, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center seeks, first and foremost, to insure the safety and welfare of participants and staff. The decision to close early, or not open the Center and Lunch Club sites, is made by the Executive Director based on weather conditions at the time and local forecasts. In any event, announcements about closings will be broadcast over local radio stations AM 1280 and FM 103.3. Whenever there is any doubt about sites being open, or a scheduled activity being held, call the Center first at 704-216-7714. If staff members are not on hand to answer your call, an appropriate message will be left on the answering machine. To find out about the rescheduling of activities that are canceled due to bad weather, call the Center once normal operations resume.